Love One Another I JOHN 4:7-12 iConnect series #1 9.7.2014
SAY WHAT? The mandate: love one another [v.7a]
In ancient Greek, 4 primary terms were used for love: o storge (familial love; parent-child) o eros (romantic, sexual) o phileo (brotherly, friendly) o agape (sacrificial, unconditional)
SO WHAT? The motivation: God loves us [v.7b-8; 10-11] Romans 5:5, … the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
NOW WHAT? The manifestation: God perfecting His love in us [v.9,12] James 1:2-4, Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Connection Group Questions Taken from the sermon on September 7, 2014 iConnect: Love One Another - 1 John 4:7-12 Questions for “GROUP DISCUSSION” Describe one relational “connection” and why you are thankful for him/her. (e.g. new friend, colleague, fellow believer, etc.) How has this been a blessing? Is there anyone in your life that you treat like a "Samaritan"?
In what way is God calling you to love Him through obedience to His Word and stepping outside of your spiritual comfort zone? How can you demonstrate a Christ-like love toward your spouse? kids? parents? How can you demonstrate love for “the undesirable” this week?
Questions for “PERSONAL GROWTH” Monday- See 1 John 4:7-12, along with John 13:35 and 1 Corinthians 8:2-3. From vv.7-8, what indicates that a person is “of God”? Can someone “love” but not be born of God? List specific examples of when love is “of God” and when it is not. Tuesday- See 1 John 4:7-12, along with Romans 5:5-8 How did God demonstrate His love for us? What does this reveal about His divine nature? What makes a Godly love different from a “worldly’ love? (Go ahead and take the time to “Google” it! How is a “Biblical” definition of love different than the world’s definition?) Wednesday- See 1 John 4:11-12, Luke 6:32, John 3:16 and Ephesians 3:14-19. Describe the “manner” and the “magnitude” of God’s love. What was the manner in which He loved us? What is the magnitude of His love? What directive is given in terms of following His example? Thursday- Please read Ephesians 5:25-27, 31. List the separate instructions given to husbands in teaching them how to “love” their wives. Now please sum up these instructions with one word or phrase to describe a Christ-like love. Friday- We have been studying about God’s “perfect” love. How can you demonstrate your love toward God? Please read 1 John 2:5 and 5:3. What do these verses tell us about loving God? How would obedience to His word apply to the command to “love one another”?